Neighbors fight to save life of swan deemed ‘too aggressive’ in Brick

Some neighbors in an Ocean County community are hoping to save the life of a swan that has been deemed too aggressive.

News 12 Staff

Jul 6, 2021, 9:46 PM

Updated 1,016 days ago

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Some neighbors in an Ocean County community are hoping to save the life of a swan that has been deemed too aggressive.
Neighbors say that the male swan is simply protecting the baby swans. But the United States Department of Agriculture has gotten involved and says that the bird is too aggressive. In most cases, this means trapping and killing the bird.
“Killing is never a solution. Killing anything is never a good solution. It’s never good to stop a heartbeat,” says ToriAnne Neri.
Other neighbors say the taunting and badgering of the swan family led to the aggression. Tony Almeida tells News 12 that if people using water vehicles move too quickly on the water, the swans get defensive. But he says at slow speeds, the swans swim right by. He says that awareness is key.
A representative of USDA wildlife management says the swan is still scheduled to be euthanized. But neighbors are pleading with the mayor of Brick to help obtain a permit to allow the family to be relocated. The USDA says the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife would have to issue that permit of relocation.


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